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Want to design a website from scratch, but don’t have advanced HTML skills? Website design software is for you. It lets you build flexible, imaginative sites without having to worry too much about the web code itself. All you need is a bit of time, a little inspiration, and a willingness to learn.

Website design software comparison chart for 2014

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
NetObjects Fusion XII
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
Freeway Express
Rapidweaver 5
Coffeecup Visual Site Designer 7
ThunderSite Deluxe
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
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Average
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Poor
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WebEasy Professional 10 has been awarded best buy Product image of webeasy professional 10 Product image of serif webplus x7 Product image of xara web designer 9 Product image of website x5 evolution 9 Product image of netobjects fusion xii Product image of adobe dreamweaver cc Product image of freeway express Product image of rapidweaver 5 Product image of coffeecup visual site designer 7 Product image of thundersite deluxe
 
 
 
Percentage of people who bought this item
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Ratings
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Overall
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of five  overall serif webplus x7 has a rating of five  overall xara web designer 9 has a rating of five  overall website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of four  overall netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four  overall adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four  overall freeway express has a rating of four  overall rapidweaver 5 has a rating of three  overall coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of four  overall thundersite deluxe has a rating of three  overall
Setup
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of five for setup serif webplus x7 has a rating of five for setup xara web designer 9 has a rating of five for setup website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of five for setup netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four for setup adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four for setup freeway express has a rating of three for setup rapidweaver 5 has a rating of three for setup coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of four for setup thundersite deluxe has a rating of three for setup
Web design
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of five for web design serif webplus x7 has a rating of five for web design xara web designer 9 has a rating of five for web design website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of five for web design netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four for web design adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four for web design freeway express has a rating of four for web design rapidweaver 5 has a rating of four for web design coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of four for web design thundersite deluxe has a rating of three for web design
Features
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of four for features serif webplus x7 has a rating of five for features xara web designer 9 has a rating of four for features website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of four for features netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four for features adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four for features freeway express has a rating of four for features rapidweaver 5 has a rating of four for features coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of three for features thundersite deluxe has a rating of three for features
Search Engine Optimisation
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of five for search engine optimisation serif webplus x7 has a rating of five for search engine optimisation xara web designer 9 has a rating of four for search engine optimisation website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of four for search engine optimisation netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four for search engine optimisation adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four for search engine optimisation freeway express has a rating of four for search engine optimisation rapidweaver 5 has a rating of three for search engine optimisation coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of three for search engine optimisation thundersite deluxe has a rating of three for search engine optimisation
Ecommerce
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of five for ecommerce serif webplus x7 has a rating of five for ecommerce xara web designer 9 has a rating of four for ecommerce website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of four for ecommerce netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four for ecommerce adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four for ecommerce freeway express has a rating of four for ecommerce rapidweaver 5 has a rating of three for ecommerce coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of three for ecommerce thundersite deluxe has a rating of three for ecommerce
Publishing
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of five for publishing serif webplus x7 has a rating of five for publishing xara web designer 9 has a rating of four for publishing website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of four for publishing netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four for publishing adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four for publishing freeway express has a rating of four for publishing rapidweaver 5 has a rating of three for publishing coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of four for publishing thundersite deluxe has a rating of three for publishing
Reporting
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of five for reporting serif webplus x7 has a rating of five for reporting xara web designer 9 has a rating of five for reporting website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of four for reporting netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four for reporting adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four for reporting freeway express has a rating of four for reporting rapidweaver 5 has a rating of three for reporting coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of four for reporting thundersite deluxe has a rating of three for reporting
Ease of use
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of five for ease of use serif webplus x7 has a rating of five for ease of use xara web designer 9 has a rating of four for ease of use website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of four for ease of use netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four for ease of use adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four for ease of use freeway express has a rating of four for ease of use rapidweaver 5 has a rating of three for ease of use coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of four for ease of use thundersite deluxe has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
webeasy professional 10 has a rating of five for help & support serif webplus x7 has a rating of five for help & support xara web designer 9 has a rating of five for help & support website x5 evolution 9 has a rating of four for help & support netobjects fusion xii has a rating of four for help & support adobe dreamweaver cc has a rating of four for help & support freeway express has a rating of four for help & support rapidweaver 5 has a rating of three for help & support coffeecup visual site designer 7 has a rating of three for help & support thundersite deluxe has a rating of three for help & support
Web design
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Features
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Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
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Ecommerce
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Ecommerce enabled
webeasy professional 10 is ecommerce enabled serif webplus x7 is ecommerce enabled xara web designer 9 is ecommerce enabled website x5 evolution 9 is ecommerce enabled netobjects fusion xii is ecommerce enabled adobe dreamweaver cc is ecommerce enabled freeway express is ecommerce enabled rapidweaver 5 is ecommerce enabled coffeecup visual site designer 7 is ecommerce enabled thundersite deluxe is ecommerce enabled
Paypal
webeasy professional 10 offers paypal serif webplus x7 offers paypal xara web designer 9 offers paypal website x5 evolution 9 offers paypal netobjects fusion xii offers paypal adobe dreamweaver cc offers paypal freeway express offers paypal rapidweaver 5 offers paypal coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers paypal thundersite deluxe offers paypal
Publishing
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Upload manager
webeasy professional 10 includes a upload manager serif webplus x7 includes a upload manager xara web designer 9 includes a upload manager website x5 evolution 9 includes a upload manager netobjects fusion xii includes a upload manager adobe dreamweaver cc includes a upload manager freeway express includes a upload manager rapidweaver 5 includes a upload manager coffeecup visual site designer 7 includes a upload manager thundersite deluxe includes a upload manager
Website hosting
webeasy professional 10 offers website hosting serif webplus x7 offers website hosting xara web designer 9 offers website hosting website x5 evolution 9 offers website hosting netobjects fusion xii offers website hosting adobe dreamweaver cc offers website hosting freeway express offers website hosting rapidweaver 5 offers website hosting coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers website hosting thundersite deluxe offers website hosting
Reporting
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Website analytics
webeasy professional 10 offers website analytics serif webplus x7 offers website analytics xara web designer 9 offers website analytics website x5 evolution 9 offers website analytics netobjects fusion xii offers website analytics adobe dreamweaver cc offers website analytics freeway express offers website analytics rapidweaver 5 offers website analytics coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers website analytics thundersite deluxe offers website analytics
Google analytics
webeasy professional 10 offers google analytics serif webplus x7 offers google analytics xara web designer 9 offers google analytics website x5 evolution 9 offers google analytics netobjects fusion xii offers google analytics adobe dreamweaver cc offers google analytics freeway express offers google analytics rapidweaver 5 offers google analytics coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers google analytics thundersite deluxe offers google analytics
Supported programming languages
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Help & support
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Telephone support
webeasy professional 10 offers telephone support serif webplus x7 offers telephone support xara web designer 9 offers telephone support website x5 evolution 9 does not offer telephone support netobjects fusion xii does not offer telephone support adobe dreamweaver cc offers telephone support freeway express does not offer telephone support rapidweaver 5 does not offer telephone support coffeecup visual site designer 7 does not offer telephone support thundersite deluxe offers telephone support
Email support
webeasy professional 10 offers email support serif webplus x7 offers email support xara web designer 9 offers email support website x5 evolution 9 does not offer email support netobjects fusion xii offers email support adobe dreamweaver cc does not offer email support freeway express offers email support rapidweaver 5 offers email support coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers email support thundersite deluxe does not offer email support
Live chat
webeasy professional 10 does not offer live chat serif webplus x7 does not offer live chat xara web designer 9 does not offer live chat website x5 evolution 9 does not offer live chat netobjects fusion xii does not offer live chat adobe dreamweaver cc does not offer live chat freeway express does not offer live chat rapidweaver 5 does not offer live chat coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers live chat thundersite deluxe offers live chat
Manual
webeasy professional 10 offers manual serif webplus x7 offers manual xara web designer 9 offers manual website x5 evolution 9 does not offer manual netobjects fusion xii offers manual adobe dreamweaver cc does not offer manual freeway express offers manual rapidweaver 5 offers manual coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers manual thundersite deluxe does not offer manual
Forums
webeasy professional 10 offers forums serif webplus x7 offers forums xara web designer 9 offers forums website x5 evolution 9 offers forums netobjects fusion xii offers forums adobe dreamweaver cc does not offer forums freeway express offers forums rapidweaver 5 offers forums coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers forums thundersite deluxe does not offer forums
Tutorials
webeasy professional 10 offers tutorials serif webplus x7 offers tutorials xara web designer 9 offers tutorials website x5 evolution 9 offers tutorials netobjects fusion xii offers tutorials adobe dreamweaver cc offers tutorials freeway express offers tutorials rapidweaver 5 offers tutorials coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers tutorials thundersite deluxe does not offer tutorials
FAQs
webeasy professional 10 offers faqs serif webplus x7 offers faqs xara web designer 9 offers faqs website x5 evolution 9 offers faqs netobjects fusion xii offers faqs adobe dreamweaver cc offers faqs freeway express offers faqs rapidweaver 5 offers faqs coffeecup visual site designer 7 offers faqs thundersite deluxe does not offer faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 7
webeasy professional 10 is compatible with windows 7 serif webplus x7 is not compatible with windows 7 xara web designer 9 is not compatible with windows 7 website x5 evolution 9 is compatible with windows 7 netobjects fusion xii is not compatible with windows 7 adobe dreamweaver cc is compatible with windows 7 freeway express is compatible with windows 7 rapidweaver 5 is not compatible with windows 7 coffeecup visual site designer 7 is not compatible with windows 7 thundersite deluxe is not compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
webeasy professional 10 is compatible with windows vista serif webplus x7 is compatible with windows vista xara web designer 9 is compatible with windows vista website x5 evolution 9 is compatible with windows vista netobjects fusion xii is compatible with windows vista adobe dreamweaver cc is compatible with windows vista freeway express is compatible with windows vista rapidweaver 5 is not compatible with windows vista coffeecup visual site designer 7 is compatible with windows vista thundersite deluxe is not compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
webeasy professional 10 is compatible with windows xp serif webplus x7 is compatible with windows xp xara web designer 9 is compatible with windows xp website x5 evolution 9 is compatible with windows xp netobjects fusion xii is compatible with windows xp adobe dreamweaver cc is compatible with windows xp freeway express is compatible with windows xp rapidweaver 5 is not compatible with windows xp coffeecup visual site designer 7 is compatible with windows xp thundersite deluxe is not compatible with windows xp

Website design software explained

Website design software bridges the gap between the raw HTML code that a website is built from, and the finished pages as you see them in a web browser. It generates HTML code for you, so you can use a friendlier interface to create the elements that make up your website pages.

Most website design software will allow you to access the HTML code too. You may have to edit it on occasion to tweak your site or enable certain functions, so if you’re not familiar with it, be prepared to learn in order to fully exploit the software.

However, that’s one thing website design software can really help you with. Just flip between the WYSIWIG (‘what you see is what you get’) and HTML views to see how different chunks of HTML code actually appear on the screen. It’s a great way to pick up HTML techniques.

Getting started with website design software

Consider your level of HTML knowledge when choosing website design software. Some packages are aimed squarely at people who really understand how HTML works – they’re geared more towards providing shortcuts for experienced web designers rather than offering an easy way in for people who want to learn HTML.

Some even offer support for other web technologies, like the JavaScript and PHP code that many interactive and personalized websites use.

Simpler packages are more suitable if your HTML knowledge is limited. They may include tutorials and templates to get you started, comprehensive support in case you run into problems – and a library of tools to add functions quickly to your site.

With the help of website design software, creating a website is getting easier all the time. What sort of site would you build?

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Rank
WebEasy Professional 10
Serif WebPlus X7
Xara Web Designer 9
WebSite X5 Evolution 9
NetObjects Fusion XII
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
Freeway Express
Rapidweaver 5
Coffeecup Visual Site Designer 7
ThunderSite Deluxe